MAKING THE CUT
Howard Australia’s Condor mowers are proving popular with councils around the country
City councils in four states have chosen Howard Australia’s Condor mower, buying on the strength of trials and demonstrations.
Howard Australia says the heavy duty Condor has proven a popular choice with its advanced design, unique features and safe, efficient operation.
The mower is being used at turf clubs and golf courses, as well as keeping parks, sports ovals, grounds and roadsides in good order for councils and grass contractors.
This measure of success, it says, prompted the company to add another two models to the range – the RLM 1.78m and 2.37m rigid roller mowers, which both have a similar design to the winged Condor.
Howard Australia’s Trevor Telford says that the company’s program of onsite Condor and RLM mower demonstrations is still in full swing.
“If you can’t talk to someone who’s actually using a Condor mower, a demo is the next best way to learn how efficient and versatile our mowers are,” he says.
“With a strong swing-tip blade system and high blade tip speed of 90m/s (178 and 237 are 86m/s) at the blade end, you’re going to get a clean cut in a wide range of conditions.
“The thickness of the blade means it can handle light maintenance and also tackle heavy wet grass up to 300mm, which is where other mowers can run into trouble,” Telford says, adding: “You can use the Condor on tractors from 44.7kW to 82kW.”
The Condor mower is 3.61m wide with a 3.49m cutting width and full-width rear 165mm diameter rollers. It has a hot-dipped galvanised body for easy cleaning. The adjustable front roller allows precise height control from ground level to 100mm.
Front chains give longer grass better entry to the cutting chamber, and design improvements to belt engagement and larger drive pulleys minimise belt slippage in heavy conditions. The Condor mower folds down to 2.35m for transport and includes a transport headstock lock to prevent shock loads from the floating top link when moving the machine on the road between jobs.
The wings also lock into place with a convenient hydraulic safety lock to prevent accidental lowering during transit. The electrohydraulic safety switch must be activated at the same time as the tractor hydraulics.
Howard Australia says that the RLM 237 “features everything that has made the Condor the success it is today, but in a smaller rigid format”.
Spindles, lockable transport headstock and incremental height adjustment are all standard. A full width front roller and rear roller complete the package.
The smaller RLM 178 only differs in the fact that it is more of an entry level machine for smaller establishments and has a heavy duty headstock and chain back stays.
Howard Australia says its product development engineer, Robert Condon, designed the Condor and RLM series roller mowers in response to widespread industry demand for versatile heavy-duty roller mowers, “with both the Condor and RLM series capabilities today still continuing to exceed expectations”.
Left: The new RLM 178 mower Below: Howard Australia’s Condor mower